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Discover Daylily Days in Amador wine country

Amador Flower Farm features 14 acres of daylilies and centuries-old oaks. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)
Amador Flower Farm event features a million blooms

Where can you see a million flowers in bloom in one weekend? At Daylily Days in Amador County.

On Saturday and Sunday, Amador Flower Farm hosts its annual salute to its top crop -- daylilies.

Located in the heart of Shenandoah Valley wine country, the 14-acre farm and nursery grows these easy-care perennials in thousands of varieties and just about every color and combination. June is the farm's height of bloom.
Sargeant Major is one of more than 1,200 varieties available.

Take a free tram tour to enjoy the long rows of lilies in full flower. Surrounded by vineyards, the farm also features huge centuries-old oaks, a full-service nursery and unique demonstration gardens.

During Daylily Days, master gardeners will lead demonstrations each hour. Learn about bonsai, air plants and other specialties. Vendors will offer garden art and more gift ideas.

Members of the Amador County 4-H Club will offer a barbecue lunch for $6 with your choice of hamburger or hot dog. Lunch includes chips and bottled water. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy under the big trees.

Shop for daylilies, too. The farm offers about 1,200 varieties in containers, ready to take home.

Daylily Days will be held from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9. Admission and parking are free.

Yuma daylily is one of many eye-catching varieties.


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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